Seasonal COVID-19 vaccines will be available later in 2024 for people at increased risk
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
Additional protection for people with a severely weakened immune system
COVID-19 vaccines are normally given seasonally, but some people with a severely weakened immune system may need additional protection at other times.
Seasonal COVID-19 vaccines
Some people at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 may be able to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine later in 2024.
The NHS will contact you if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible.
You do not need to have a GP or an NHS number to get the COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine is free to everyone eligible for it in the UK. This includes all migrants.
You will never be forced to have the COVID-19 vaccine and it does not affect your asylum or refugee status.
No immigration checks are needed to get treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.
The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination
Getting vaccinated gives you the best protection against COVID-19.
The vaccines help:
- reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. Some people are known to be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and it can make some otherwise healthy people very ill, too.
- reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, and therefore reduce your risk of needing time off work due to COVID-19 related illness.
- reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19 to others, helping you to look after your family, friends, colleagues and community.
- protect against COVID-19 variants. The virus that causes COVID-19 changes over time; having all vaccine doses you are eligible for provides the best protection against future variants.
Find out why vaccination is safe and important.